London Olympics 2012: Best ways to cut the queues
Most cities like to direct people to their travel hot spots, but London transport officials have published an official travel map on how to avoid them during the London Olympics 2012.
Available online on the Get Ahead of the Games (GAOTG) website developed by Transport for London (TfL), the maps are part of the large public campaign to encourage commuters and travelers to use non-crowded routes as they make their way around the city during the Olympics from July 27 to August 12.
During that period, the London transport network is expected to see an increase of three million daily journeys as tourists, journalists and athletes will be making their way to and from the 13 Olympic venues in the city.
“I expect I’ll be using the website daily when I get to London in July,” said Sam Kirk, an American sports fan who traveled to England to watch the Olympic trials last year and plans to visit again during the summer games this year. “I like the idea of knowing what to expect at what hour."
As transport is one of the chief concerns of city for the upcoming Games, these maps predict which travel hot spots and routes will be most congested and offer advice on extra services, times to avoid traveling (7 a.m.-10 a.m.) as well as how stations will be operating differently on certain days of the Olympics.
The Tube and DLR (Docklands Light Railway) services will stop running one hour later than usual on all days, and start approximately 30-45 minutes earlier than usual on Sundays. The top three busiest stations are expected to be London Bridge, Waterloo and Bank.
TfL officials advise that traveling by river is a good alternative as there will be more ferries running from its eight piers along the Thames during the Games.
For drivers, live traffic updates will be available here.
It seems that TfL officials are going all-out on the social networking front.
The GAOTG website also announced that the Games officials are providing travel advice via Twitter “for the first time in Olympic History.”
The wording on that seems a tad grand given that that the social networking site has only been around since 2006, but we have to agree that seems pretty cool.
To receive personalized travel advice via Twitter, follow #GAOTG from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. BST on May 30 2012.
GAOTG is also working on an iPhone app that will grant (as yet unspecified) rewards every time you choose to walk or cycle around London rather than driving or taking public transport, and are periodically updating their blog which includes curiously titled posts such as “Have you seen a horse on an elevator?” and “Avoid 'weighting' for the Tube this summer!”
Check out the official website travel guide here.
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